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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 18, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 18, 2013 |

Emma Watson would like you to all know that, contrary to the ever-present rumors, she will NOT take the lead in 50 Shades of Grey. “Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life.” So, you can put that out of your dirty-little minds now, folks, and return to imagining the more age appropriate Mila Kunis in the title role.

Elsewhere, Mr. Rainn Wilson — whose Dwight Shrute spin-off which was previewed in last week’s episode of “The Office” thankfully went nowhere — has taken the lead in the CBS pilot, “Backstrom,” opposite Dennis Haysbert. Based on a series of Swedish novels, Wilson will play the “offensive, irascible Detective Everett Backstrom as he tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior.”

Speaking of “The Office,” the show wrapped last Friday, concluding the series with its 200th episode. Likewise, “Breaking Bad” — according to Aaron Paul’s Twitter — also wrapped production on that series.

Meanwhile, Amber Tamblyn — who we haven’t seen much of lately — has landed a CBS pilot, as well. She’ll be starring opposite Skeet Ulrich in another police procedural as a “young officer who partners with “maverick” FBI criminal psychiatrist Adrian Raines (Ulrich). The show comes from “Homeland’s” Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa, and Alex Cary, but given the huge number of pilots being developed for CBS and the relatively little real-estate, I wouldn’t expect a pick-up unless the pilot is mind blowing.

One of those CBS pilots vying for the small number of slots is “Beverly Hills Cop,” a continuation of the movie centered on Axel Foley’s son, and being produced by Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”). Eddie Murphy will be in the pilot, handing the reins over to his son, played by Brandon T. Jackson. Here’s the first image, via TVLine.


You know the guy who plays Hitler in Downfall, i.e., the Hitler who is in all those YouTube videos? Well, he’s been cast as the pope in Showtime’s “Vatican,” which has already nabbed Kyle Chandler, Anna Friel, and Matthew Goode. That’s gonna be a good show, y’all.

As I wrote over on Uproxx this morning, in the midst of another potential shake-up in late night — there are rumors that NBC plans to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon soon — Jay Leno has pissed off his boss, NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt, by making some very bad, pun-heavy jokes about NBC’s dismal ratings. I don’t know if Greenblatt is more pissed off that Leno is making fun of his primetime lineup, or because the jokes are so lame. In either respect, it may make the decision to replace Leno easier for NBC next year.

I don’t follow “The View,” but speaking of shake-ups, there’s some interesting scuttlebutt going on with that show. Joy Behar announced her resignation after 16 years last week, but it’s come to light that perhaps she was forced out. Moreover, Barbara Walters had also decided to kick Elizabeth Hasselback to the curb because of her right-wing views, but when wind of that leaked, she changed her mind to save face, although Hasselback may not make it much longer. Among those in consideration to replace Behar (and Hasselback) are Brooke Shields, Christie Brinkley, and Ali Wentworth, according to The Post.

I mentioned last Friday that Matt Lauer was in the mix to replace Alex Trebek when he, as expected, steps down in a couple of years. However, Dan Patrick, Brian Williams, and Anderson Cooper have also been approached, according to Deadline, although Anderson Cooper denies it.

Finally, there is some speculation that a “Pushing Daisies” movie might be Kickstarted, like the “Veronica Mars” film, but sources say that — because of the special effects — much more than $2 million will be needed, perhaps as much as $10 million. It’s going to take thousands of signed-posters to get that movie off the ground.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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